Tuesday, July 31, 2007

TINMM

BSIDTU

Monday, July 30, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Chinese, Cardboard and Bao

It turns out that the cardboard bao story, which we posted earlier this month, was untrue.

The Chinese claimed that the story was fabricated by the journalist to increase television ratings.

That's a bit of a relief. Or is it?

We think the Chinese Government's doing damage control!

You just don't fuck with the Chinese, as we already know.

Uhhh, but if by chance members of the the Chinese Government read our blog...heh heh, we only keed. That story was a fabrication, just like you said!

Currently watching: our backs...

Friday, July 27, 2007

If Only I Had Thought This Through and Planned Accordingly...

The HOchies should be in Manchester this weekend with all the lot of hooligans and such.

You know this weekend is going to go down in AM history as fan-fookin'-tabulous.

We're missing the band that put out the greatest album of the year thus far, as they put on their biggest gig yet.

We're missing those clowns - The Cookie, Nick and my other favourite, Matthew.

And most importantly, we're missing THIS beautiful boy:



Consider The HOchies now officially depressed.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

This Show Slays Me



Of all the things a Legendary Sannin could summon, Tsunade summons a blue and white slug.

I guess though, it's part of a Japanese Legend which I should educate myself on but out of no where with no explanation - a giant blue and white slug.

Ah, I love Naruto.

Monday, July 23, 2007

A Message to Beetchie

Ocassionally having bad hair is much better than having a third nipple.

Ready The Popeye's!

The rest of our summer into fall is turning out to be a little bit busy.

There are potential chicken bone incidents to dole out, so let us begin this consolidated post.

A Warning to Cold War Kids:

Listen, CWK. I am not in love with your album. I can appreciate it's originality though. There are some great tracks on there and the story-telling element is fantastic. However, due to your supposed lack of respect of MUSE and your utmost adoration of The White Stripes, I am a little resentful. I hope you realize you're opening for one of the greatest bands in the world by opening for MUSE @ MSG.

While you may think that being asked by the White Stripes to open for them on their tour is an honour, quite frankly, I think Jack White is overrated. He should stop being hailed as a god because he's far from it.

He's a stupid ass.

My warning to you is that I want you to perform "Electioneering". While you may have bastardized Radiohead some, I can understand that it's hard to cover Radiohead. It may even be virtually impossible, actually. That is of course, unless you're Mindless Self Indulgence then most things you touch become gold. Hmm, maybe I should write MSI. Anyway, I digress. As I was saying, even though you bastardized it some, you did the best you could and it didn't turn out THAT bad. So, I'd kind of like to hear it.

Redeem yourselves some and then maybe you'll get fewer chicken bones to the head but just know they're coming regardless.

Not a Whole Lotta Love,

Or 2.

A Warning To MUSE:

To my beloved Matt, my funny-assed Dom and that other guy...ahaha, I keed and Chris,

Boys, boys, boys. I love you so much. It's really hard for me to issue a warning to you but I feel that I must.

I've seen you 3 times for this album. Everytime I saw you, I was amazed by your brilliance but you know what didn't amaze me? The fact that you insisted on screwing me over by not playing "Muscle Museum". I've had enough of your bullshit.

You bitches best be playing that song or else there'll be a barrage of chicken bones. I'm already collecting them because I fear that if I didn't hear it at Wembley Fuckin' Stadium, then there's no hope for me.

And I hate you for it.

Please boys, this will probably be the last time I see you for this tour until the new album.

Don't make me cry.

Love you lots,

Or 2.

A Warning to Alex Turner II:

Dear loveable Alex Turner,

It was great seeing Arctic Monkeys back in May. That was really fun times and I was very upset when I didn't get to go to Malahide but oo! Perhaps there'll be muddy fun at Central Park's Summerstage on September 5th just like there was at Malahide Castle?! Well, I sure hope for no mud but ahhh, the greatness that will be that pit, which makes me really scared actually.

In any event, H1's super excited to be seeing "the little boy she's having dirty thoughts about". That's just wrong, H1. I loved him first but no worries. Anyway, the point of all of this is that H1's issuing you another warning.

Apparently you will get a chicken bone to nose (and she's confident she won't miss - yes, she continues to keed) if you do not sing "505". Stop...and wait a sec. Think about it, Alex. Think about it.

Sincerely,

Or 2 (kind of on behalf of H1).

P.S. Don't hate me, the messenger.

A Warning to Paul Banks II:

Hello Paul Friend.

I'm falling in love with that voice of yours. It's sort of sexy and dirty.

But please be aware that you will no longer be my friend if Interpol does not perform "All Fired Up".

Loving me some of you these days,

Or 2.

A Warning To J.K Rowling:

Bitch, if we get tickets to see you at Carnegie Hall on October 19th, you are so assed out. There'll be 2 chicken bones for every death in the last installment of Harry Potter and if Ron dies, there'll be 7 buckets of the stuff.

- H1, backed up by Or 2.

Currently listening to: Beetchie on the phone. She interrupted the MUSE I was listening to. Pox on her.

Awwwww ::tear::

From www.NME.com:

Muse turned up onsite yesterday to support the UK's other big festival hit of the summer: "I saw the Arctic Monkeys last night," said Matt. "I spent the rest of the time propping up the bar, but I thought they were really good. They played really well. They've got a big gig in the UK next week (at Lancashire County Cricket Club), so it's great to see them when they're right at their peak."

1. First of all, Matt's a bit of a drunk there but this really isn't something out of the ordinary for an Ukker. So, Matt, meet me at the bar.

2. Awwwww! Our boys together... awww. I always wondered what MUSE thought of Arctic Monkeys. It still remains to see what Arctic Monkeys think of MUSE....

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Let Us Have A Moment...

It's all fun and games until someone loses an ear, or a Bubo Scandiacus in a cage.

Funny, Funny

I keep forgetting to mention it, but there's this advert. for the new "Kid Bopz" CD which features that ass song "Girlfriend" by Avril the stupid poser bitch Lavigne. I wasn't actually watching the tv when I heard it so immediately I cringed, "ugh, there's that stupid song." I looked up only to discover kids were singing it.

That's right. I couldn't tell the difference between the real song and the kids' cover.

Ah, I slay myself.

In other news, Smashing Pumpkins does not slay me. Is it wrong of me to not consider them as the Smashing Pumpkins anymore? If there's no D'arcy or James Iha, then in my opinion, there's no Smashing Pumpkins.

Then I came across the really disturbing article on www.NME.com that said that the new album has pictures of The Diseased Whore Monger in it because Billy stupid-ass Corgan is friends with that DWM.

Friends?

That is laughable and not in the har har kind of way.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Eff Glasgow! It's All About Illinois!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a HOchieS first - an opening act at a small venue in our now not-so-short concert history gets its own blog post.

Despite constant bitchin' that support bands are unnecessary for small venue concerts, I actually enjoy seeing them because I like to see what's under my radar that I should be all up ons.

Concert after concert of horrendous acts (other than the Cloud Room who were decent) had my faith wavering. How could it not after the monstrosity that was Mr. Lif & BYOP? Those two alone should have deterred me from going to any concert, period.

Finally, a band came along and dispelled the HOchie curse of long hours of standing around amongst assholes just to get a good spot in front.

The void was filled by them partially (there were two support bands and the second one was mostly ass so I still had to stand for a while in agony) with music that was not only good but in my opinion, their performance was even better than the headliner.



They were not without their fair share of 'WTF" moments, but overall, the band Illinois was phenomenal.

It's rare for me to enjoy a show to near max without knowing lyrics to songs but that was not the case here. I knew not much about them (but had previewed a little before I went and was slightly interested) and certainly not enough to know lyrics or what they even looked like.

The show was very well put together, played, fun, unexpected, danceable, rock-worthy enough for a headbanging session, crowd interaction was there and good crowd feedback kept it fresh.

That's a true testament. If your band can keep it fantastic even if the crowd doesn't know the material but you make them walk away talking about the greatness that is you, then that's saying a lot.

We actually were greeted by them when we entered the hall. There were a bunch of guys on the stage, setting up their own equipment in true "opening band" form.

They set up. Then they left.

Okay. So what now?

We waited around some more, and listened to some really bad music filler set.

Then, in came the boys from Pennsylvania. Yes. Not Illinois but Pennsylvania. They're slightly clever like that...I guess.

The first thing we noticed was one of the members was using a signed guitar. We don't know who signed it (maybe the Fratellis?) but then I realized my attention should have actually been focused on the lead singer.



The man had a banjo.

The banjo playing filtered in nicely with their set. It wasn't very distinguishable at first and he soon traded off for a guitar and later on a keyboard.

And then in came that banjo again.

And suddenly...



...Banjos are no longer Deliverance creepy.

Okay, who am I kidding. Deliverance has ruined banjos for everyone. But still...I am willing to shove that memory to the back of my head and replace it by the excellent use of a banjo as brought to me by Illinois.

WTF Moments of the Night:

1. The "dancing" put on by the lead. It just should not have been done but ah, it's really funny seeing white boys trying to dance sometimes. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I was cringing. It was an Elaine moment or something.
(This is not true of Alex Turner though. He may not 'dance' out in full but his head bopping is very cute. No one should speak ill of our little genius boy.)

2. So they may not lyrical geniuses at all times but not a lot of people are (unless again, you're Alex Turner and you were born, not only a clown hooligan but a brilliant one at that!). Not everyone can be a genius but no worries, they had music and style to cover up that bullsheet.

3. I'm not quite sure where the guitarist put his cigarette during the show but it was like magic. One moment it was there, and the next it was not. He probably put it in his guitar strings but I didn't see it. The man was a magician!

4. The guys were drinking some lame ass beer that upset Beetchie (coors, was it?). But then they graduated to heiniken which redeemed them some in her eyes, I think.

5. WTF was that telephone? It was cool. It seemed to be some kind of voice-altering synthesizer dealie. I liked it plenty. I want one too. Do you think E-bay or Amazon would have one?



So, I'm now on a hunt for clips of their live performances because they translate well live but not as good on their EP. I can live with that though and I'm determined to see them again in concert. I hope next time it'll be for their own headlining show because these guys from Bucks County truly deserve it. I'm waiting for them to break out. I'd hate to see them fade into nothingness and/or not grow musically. They've got serious potential.

Don't disappoint me, guys!

And thanks for putting on a fantastic show and salvaging the night.







Here's to Chris Archibald, Martin Hoeger, Andrew Lee and JohnPaul Kuyper.

Currently listening to: "Nosebleed" by Illinois.

Goddamned Scots, Speak Some Goddamned English!

It was a flashback.

Please come flashback with Or 2.

Let's go back to November 2006 to that weekend in Edinburgh when Char Kar, Battler and I were surrounded by a bunch of Scots and had our lives depended on getting directions from them, we would have been dead.

Even the Japanese have a better sense of the English language than the Scots!

Now flash forward to last night at the Roseland Ballroom where Beetchie and I saw The Fratellis.

It was like 2006 all over again.

If perchance The Fratellis had to issue a warning to us concert kids that we needed to clear out the venue due to the chaos that went down in NYC on Wednesday, once again, the situation would be bleak.

And so begins Or 2's tale of Wednesday, July 18th, 2007.

After some heavy rain that fell the night before that managed to downpour into Wednesday morning, slowing down the metro system - The HOchies trudged to work. When I heard that thunder at 5 AM, I really wanted to stay in bed but alas, I have to make up some kind of hours requirement at work, so to work I trudged.

It was an uneventful day and then all hell broke loose.

The disaster/misadventure of the day all began right after I met up with Beetchie for the concert. A coincidence? Ummm. Beetchie and I would rather be mum about the incident. We always know something's going to go down yet we still seem a little bit surprised...

Luckily H1 managed to get a train out of NYC before it hit but a steam pipe exploded near 42nd Street/Grand Central Terminal causing a whole lot of hell I didn't find out about until much later.

Beetchie and I ate, and went up to the Roseland Ballroom to see her pick - The Fratellis.

The line was long but we still managed to get a great spot on the floor with the magical number for me, third row from the front.

We waited amongst some rich, surprisingly really young kids, poked fun at them because they were annoying, drank a yager bomb and watch the first support band fiddle on the stage while setting up their equipment. More to come on Illinois, that support band after this post.

After Illinois, The Switches took the stage.

Oh. Goodness.

I went there not loving them and came out not loving them. They weren't bad but they weren't outstanding either. They performed two songs that were semi-decent but meh. Meh.

They can be classified under "The WTF Moments of the Night I".It's not that it was all bad but yeah, wtf:

1. Here's the lead singer that cracked me up some. Beetchie couldn't stand to look at him:



Notice the bad Flock of Seagulls' hair? Yeah. I don't ever want to hear about how Matt has bad hair again, as I told Beetchie.

2. The bassist who smiled not once during the entire set. Beetchie enjoyed him:



3. As for me, I enjoyed the little keyboardist, who I don't think is even part of the band but probably only accompanies them during live performances. He smiled the entire time and even smiled at me when he realized I was taking a picture of him. Awww, he posed until I got my shot. Cutie:



But sorry Brit dude. I'm already going after two other Brits. Maybe when you join a better band? Ahhhh. I keed.

4. This thing which Beetchie was trying to explain to me. Good picture you took there, Beetchie. Please explain its situation again:



After their roadies cleaned up their stage (wow, they had roadies!), we waited for a few for The Fratellis to show up.
And show up they did. Looking a little hard on the eyes...



They took the stage at 9.20 PM and when they began playing, H1 came to mind. They started with her favourite track or at least the one that she enjoys terrorizing me with...

The 7/18/2007 The Fratellis "Costello Music" Tour Set List:

Baby Fratelli
Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
The Pimp
Vince the Loveable Stoner
Whistle for the Choir
Flathead
Doginabag
For the Girl
Cuntry Boys and City Girls
Pretty Like a Girl
Henrietta
Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes
Got Ma Nuts From a Hippie

Encore:

Johnny Come Last (acoustic & solo) - (also cool was the fact that this was the first time this song was played for anyone, as the lead singer put it. At least that's what I think he said...)
Creepin' Up the Backstairs (acoustic)
Chelsea Dagger (the song everyone was waiting for - it's the hooligan anthem of 2006)



I came to this concert not totally loving this band. I, like I'm sure many others were, got hooked on "Flathead" when I heard it used in the Itunes commercial months ago. I was curious to see what the rest of the album was like because they're quite big over in the UK. I was also very wary of them because like The Caesars's "Paper Tiger", and I know I mentioned this before in a previous post, Itunes commercials sometimes feature really good songs from bands who may be under the radar but as I discovered with The Caesars, I liked the commercial song but not the album.

As it turns out, I took a chance on "Costello Music" and ended up not liking it that much. I will give them credit for being the kind of music you'd like to hear in a stadium before a football game in the UK, or at a pub as so nicely displayed in "Hot Fuzz" but for me, the album has never been in constant rotation, nor did I care enough to learn the lyrics before this show.

Simply put, Kenna's "New Sacred Cow" is still to this day, the best $9.99 album I've taken a chance on.

I thought that seeing them live wouldn't be a tragedy because they do have that fun kind of comradery going down and it wasn't but it really wasn't that fun either.

The highlights for me were my favourite songs, "Flathead" and "Henrietta" and I always enjoy a good breakdown of adding extended versions of kick ass music to a song so "Got My Nuts From A Hippie" was cool as well. I mean, they are no MUSE when it comes to riff adding but it was a decent attempt.

For Beetchie, I think her highlight was the bassist, Barry Fratelli. She loves her a bassist and he was in perfect bassist stance.



Sadly, I felt their performance was more bad than good though.

They slowed the playing down which threw me off as the album's so fast but not only that, they weren't very in-sync.

That's number 1 "WTF Moment of the Night II":

1. The Fratellis... It's okay to slow things down some. I mean, maybe not really because the music's fast on the album but I'd applaud you if you at least, played in time with each other. Tsk tsk.

2. The kids in attendance at this show. Those annoying fucks with their poor dancing was horrendous. They also were delusional and thought this was the greatest concert ever. Clearly they've never been to a concert before and would have nothing of high quality to compare it to. Stupids. Also, why were they all European?

3. The surprising young age of the crowd. H1 thinks The Fratellis should be embarrassed.

4. I couldn't understand much of what the lead singer was trying to say to us when he was talking to us. All I got was the ocassional mention of "New York" that he would make. Ah, Scots. Those hooligans slay me.

5. The Drummer Mince Fratelli's bare back! Well he wasn't actually. That was some effed up wife beater he was wearing under some effed up light show. Ahahahaha.



6. We almost got a guitar pick and the drumsticks from them. Alas, I was once again assed out by two blonde bitches.

7. Frontman Jon Fratelli's hair. This, I'm sure, is a 'WTF' for Beetchie, as it should be.



WTF Moments of the Night III:

As mentioned before, NYC was in a state of chaos on Wednesday when an old steam pipe exploded. We did not know the extent to the damage and as per usual, after the show ended I ran (and dragged Beetchie with me) all the way to 42nd Street and Madison only to discover that things were indeed REALLY bad.

Grand Central was closed off and some idiot cops, wrong and strong with the yelling at us for their not doing THEIR job, directed us and others to an entrance that didn't exist.

On the way I almost broke my foot, which is scarily becoming a norm when with Beetchie for me, by slipping on a piece of paper. I missed the train at 11.10 but luckily caught the one at 11.20 to Croton.

Beetchie was not as fortunate.

Beetchie had to catch the train back at 49th and 6th because we totally didn't think that if Grand C. was closed, that the subways weren't running.

It was a mess.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

We Hate Him This Week

But I could still love and live with this:



And oh, do we love him.

Also, I love Matthew because he slays me.

Monday, July 16, 2007

"First the Typhoons, Now the Earthquakes...?"

I swear that Beetchie and I had nothing to do with what went/is going down in Japan.

Well maybe I am a catalyst but oye! If you people are looking for a finger to point, point it at Beetchie.

24 News

Cuthbert Wants Bigger Role in '24' Movie

Actress Elisha Cuthbert is backing plans for a film version of the hit TV show 24, but only if her character plays a bigger part.

The Captivity star currently plays Kim Bauer, daughter of Kiefer Sutherland's agent Jack Bauer of the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles, and is keen to reprise the role on the big screen. However, she's convinced the movie would be much better if producers let her share some of the action with her busy on-screen dad.

She says, "There's definitely room for (a movie). But it depends on whether or not Kiefer can take it any more! The poor guy's been hacking away at Jack Bauer for years. If he's into it, it'll be great, because everything he does is awesome. People love to watch my character Kim, but she's also a bit of a spanner in the works and I wouldn't want her to be that. Three years ago I wanted her to be Jack's partner and kick a**, but to the producers it was like, 'We've got to be realistic about this.' But if the movie comes round and it works to have her there, then I'd love to play her again."

Seriously, what is she going on about? Wasn't there a cry to arms to have Kim Bauer die by fans? Who the hell does this biatch think she is?!

Friday, July 13, 2007

A Warning To Paul Banks

Dear Paul,

Please do not crack on "PDA" at the MSG concert on September 14th. H1's already threatening a chicken bone to the head if you do. Your nose may be spared due to its normality but that significantly smaller left eye of yours might not be as fortunate*.

Love,

Or 2 (looking out for your best interest and apologizing profusely in advance for any potential chicken bone incident).

*disclaimer - in the event Paul ever reads this, please know that I have a similar situation. I heart you and she likes to keed.

Currently listening to: "Take It or Leave It" by The Strokes and the cover done by Arctic Monkeys.

Blog Gems Continue but oh, the Sullying.

It's a continuation from yesterday. I forgot to post these:

"He's lame. Dear Daniel's a pussy. There, I said it." - Beetchie

"Well then, I don't want to say it but since she went there, I'd think Beetchie would really like him." - H1

Funny Picture of the Day



Are they fighting? or are they playing?

"You People Are Giving Me Blog Gems!"

Memorable quotes and conversations of yesterday 07/12/2007:

"Can you explain to me why Hello Kitty has a pet cat? I don't know why she has to enslave her own kind and make it into a pet." - Or 2.

"Hello Kitty is the Queen of cats. If she can't have a cat, then who the fuck can??!" - Beetchie.

And a few minutes later:

"Beetchie's mad at me for not telling her Hermione was at the Today show this morning. She says that in a year, she could have made it legal and we'd be set." - Or 2 to H1.

"I think Hello Kitty's richer. Beetchie should have gone there instead." - H1.

Currently listening to: "Too Much To Ask", "505" and "Matador" by Arctic Monkeys

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ah, Wendy's

My favourite fastfood franchise is Wendy's.

Any place that makes a sandwich called "baconator" must be fantastic.

O.M.G. I am BEYOND Traumatized

BEIJING, China (AP) -- Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state television said.


Steamed buns sold in Beijing contain 60 percent cardboard, a report on China Central Television said.

The report, aired late Wednesday on China Central Television, highlights the country's problems with food safety despite government efforts to improve the situation.

Countless small, often illegally run operations exist across China and make money cutting corners by using inexpensive ingredients or unsavory substitutes. They are almost impossible to regulate.

State TV's undercover investigation features the shirtless, shorts-clad maker of the buns, called baozi, explaining the contents of the product sold in Beijing's sprawling Chaoyang district.

Baozi are a common snack in China, with an outer skin made from wheat or rice flour and a filling of sliced pork. Cooked by steaming in immense bamboo baskets, they are similar to but usually much bigger than the dumplings found on dim sum menus familiar to many Americans.

The hidden camera follows the man, whose face is not shown, into a ramshackle building where steamers are filled with the fluffy white buns, traditionally stuffed with minced pork.

The surroundings are filthy, with water puddles and piles of old furniture and cardboard on the ground.

"What's in the recipe?" the reporter asks. "Six to four," the man says.

"You mean 60 percent cardboard? What is the other 40 percent?" asks the reporter. "Fatty meat," the man replies.

The bun maker and his assistants then give a demonstration on how the product is made.

Squares of cardboard picked from the ground are first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda -- a chemical base commonly used in manufacturing paper and soap -- then chopped into tiny morsels with a cleaver. Fatty pork and powdered seasoning are stirred in.

Soon, steaming servings of the buns appear on the screen. The reporter takes a bite.

"This baozi filling is kind of tough. Not much taste," he says. "Can other people taste the difference?"

"Most people can't. It fools the average person," the maker says. "I don't eat them myself."

The police eventually showed up and shut down the operation.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

...

I'd try one.

Those GD Japanese

Money Found in Toilets Across Japan

TOKYO (AP) -- Envelopes containing 10,000 yen ($82) bills and well-wishing notes have been discovered in municipal toilets across Japan, media reports said, baffling civil servants and triggering a nationwide hunt.

Local media have estimated that over two million yen ($16,400) worth of bills were found at men's rooms in city halls in at least 15 prefectures (states) in recent weeks.

Each package of 10,000-yen bills, some wrapped in traditional Japanese washi paper, was accompanied by handwritten letters that read "Please make use of this money for your self-enrichment," and "One per person," according to reports.

Officials are baffled over the identity of the benefactor or any motives, the reports said. Packages turned over to police were to be kept for some time in case someone claimed them.

© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

You know, the Japanese would be the kind of assholes who would do this AFTER we leave Tokyo.

Beetchie and I could have been scouring toilets looking for free cash, then eating like good times, sleeping like good times and blowing the money in arcades like good times!

Sons of bitches.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

And I Am Very, Very Happy...




Public toilet has 1,000 stalls in four stories


Chongqing officials hope for Guinness record

BEIJING, China (AP) -- They're flush with pride in Chongqing, where a recently opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 30,000 square feet.


Some of the 1,000 stalls are open air overlooking the street in Chonging, China.

Officials in the southwestern Chinese city plan to ask Guinness World Records to have the free four-story public bathroom listed as the world's largest, state-run China Central Television reported Friday.

"We are spreading toilet culture. People can listen to gentle music and watch TV," said Lu Xiaoqing, an official with the Yangrenjie, or "Foreigners Street," tourist area where the bathroom is. "After they use the bathroom they will be very, very happy."

Footage aired on CCTV showed people milling about the sprawling facility and washing their hands at trough sinks. For open-aired relief, there's a cluster of stalls without a roof.

Some urinals are uniquely shaped, including ones inside open crocodile mouths and several topped by the bust of a woman resembling the Virgin Mary.

There are also plans to build a supermarket nearby, which will sell toilet-related items, CCTV reported.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

...yes. Yes I am.

or at least I was until I saw the sinks:



Well, at least they're wearing undies.

photo source: www.cnn.com

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hello Kitty Tries To Get Frisky With Beetchie's Caliente Culo

Follow Up

Yeah I was right about something.

Editors' new album is up on their myspace, so I got to hear the entire thing and I think I'd like them much more if they didn't sound so much like Interpol.

But... I guess not really because lyrically, Interpol's much more complex. This is also true of their sound.

There's no mistaking Paul Banks' voice really.

It'll be like that Thom Yorke/Matthew Bellamy controversy I hate getting involved in (but will of course, take a moment to defend my boys) Radiohead and MUSE are two of my favourite bands and no, I do not think MUSE ripped off Radiohead. Their voices are different. They're two very different bands. End of that story.

Back to Interpol though.

I felt a little bit disillusioned yesterday when I did research on Interpol and found out that two of the members are Ukkers! They grew up in NY but were born in England.

And here I was hailing them as one of NY's best bands!

Meh, they're still New Yorkers. And hell, it was then I realized that that's probably why I heart them hardcore.

You know how I fancy some Ukkers.

Currently listening to: "Pioneer to the Falls" and "Obstacle 1" by Interpol. I feel lost. Stop haunting me, Paul Banks! Your voice is like a Siren's song and I'm sucked in! ::shudder::

Oh no!

...today my heart swings?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Things Observed

I make use of "WTF" quite a lot on this blog, was well as "...".







...

WTF?!

Those damn Chinese really do eat anything ...

BEIJING (AP) -- Villagers in central China dug up a ton of dinosaur bones and boiled them in soup or ground them into powder for traditional medicine, believing they were from flying dragons and had healing powers.

Until last year, the fossils were being sold in Henan province as "dragon bones" at about 4 yuan (50 cents) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), scientist Dong Zhiming told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Dong, a professor with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said when the villagers found out the bones were from dinosaurs they donated 200 kilograms (440 pounds) to him and his colleagues for research.

"They had believed that the 'dragon bones' were from the dragons flying in the sky," he said.

The calcium-rich bones were sometimes boiled with other ingredients and fed to children as a treatment for dizziness and leg cramps. Other times they were ground up and made into a paste that was applied directly to fractures and other injuries, he said.

© 2007 The Associated Press.

I hope the soup was good but I don't know how it could be.

- H1

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

We Are So Confused

While it may be kind of cool that Tom Jones knows enough of them to do a "tribute" such as this...



we still have to ask two things:

what do our boys think of this?

and why...

was...

this...

allowed...

to...

happen...

?

MSN's Turn To Get Blazed

I saw this article on MSN about a band to watch at Live Earth this weekend (you know the bs concerts around the world about doing our part to save the planet).

The band's The Parlotones, who MSN and some others have been hailing as the next big thing. So, I took a listen because I like to preview new music once in a while, ever since I almost missed out on Arctic Monkeys (again, for the millionth time, thank goodness for Virgin-Atlantic) and they remind me of Thom Yorke gone bad.

It's not so much that the lead singer sounds like Thom or that the music sounds like Radiohead but the style reminds me of Radiohead to an extent. That just might be due to the fact that they did a slight theft of the repetitive "...it's happening". Idioteque, anyone?

That being said, I can kind of get into these people. Possibly. At least that's what I thought until I heard "Dragonflies and Astronauts" and I realize they're just another alternative band with nothing incredibly special.

Also, the next time someone comes out with a song called "Beautiful", I'd like it to be the most hateful thing I've ever heard. I know that may be very contrary but I'm tired of hearing people go on about "…you deserve to be adored" and whatever it is James Blunt was saying.

MSN, you suck.

Thanks for nothing.

Thanks.

Next up: someone needs to get me Editors. I think I might be missing out on some good times involving them. Though it could just be that I could continue listening to Interpol to have a similar experience and possibly, a classier, better experience.

Speaking of Interpol - how are things on the west coast? Ha, no. That's not what I wanted to say. I think their new album is going to kick ass. Big time.

Finally, Cillian Murphy recommends a band called Field Music. Let's see if he's as crazy as the roles he plays. I love that CM. And with good reason. He recommends decent music to us. I mean, it does sound like gddh stuff but that's to be expected from an indie band.

MTV: Solidifying Stupidity Since 1994

Maybe it started being stupid in 1992 with the start of Real World but for all purposes involving music, I'd say the last great year for music for me was 1994. That's when I recall the last year of actually seeing music videos on MTV.

And then MTV started MTV2 which brought music videos back to television for a few years which was nice but like everything else MTV does, it has turned into a channel of BS programs for idiots. And as we all know, shows that have nothing to do with music. No, MTV, showing a show such as "Cribs" and adding a 'soundtrack' to it, does not make it a music video, or a good one. Assholes.

So there I was sitting around flipping through channels on Sunday night and came across MTV2 (yeah, I still go to the music channels in the hopes they're showing music videos) and wouldn't you know it! They were actually showing a block of videos from 7.30 to 11.30!

Yes, I was amazed just as you peeps are, right? Well, that's until I realized they were showing one music video every 10 minutes.

WTF!

That hardly counts as a block of music videos.

...

I continue to hate MTV and they clearly continue to hate me.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Dodaars

Contrary to popular belief, the dodo was not hunted into extinction by humans for its delectable meat (in fact, sources reveal that the meat may have actually been unsavory) or by humans directly.

Rather, animals such as the Crab-eating Macaque may have played a role in the Dodo demise of the 17th Century.

However, I'm not even sure those things exist! According to this photo found on www.wikipedia.org,



I don't see any crab-eating macaques around here, do you?

All I see is a popsicle-fancying macaque.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Oh No.

I had my first Wii related incident today when Jazzie leaped from the window sill on to the recliner, just as I was playing jump rope in Rayman: Raving Rabbids.

Poor Jazz got knocked in the face by the Wii-mote and is now hesitant for me to touch her.

Here's hoping this will be only Wii related injury to visit the HOchies and those in our close proximity.
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